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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, October 25, 2013

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CAMPUS LIFE
Students
for Choice
holds open
story event

Members of Army ROTC participate in a coordination drill as a team during a CrossFit workout run by Army veteran Derick Carver on Palmer Field Thursday"
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Women, MTV
personality share
their stories of
abortion
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily StaffReporter
The Pendleton Room of the
Michigan Union was filled to the
brim Thursday evening - many
had to stand at the back for lack
of room as they waited to hear
personal stories about women's
abortion experiences.
The University's chapter of
Students for Choice hosted the
event, 1 in 3 Abortion Speak
Out, to create a safe space for
women who have had abortions
to share their experiences. This
"speak-out" forum was the sec-
ond of its kind nationally. The
first occurred in the Civil Rights
and Public Policy conference at
Hampshire College in Massa-

chusetts last year.
Public Policy junior Carly
Manes and LSA senior Sydney
Gallup, co-presidents of Students
for Choice, said the was event
was intended to be an open envi-
ronmentwhere women couldfeel
free to discuss their experiences
with abortion and feel supported.
"We decided to do an abortion
speak out because we think it's
the best way for people to speak
directlyto their own experiences
and their own story," Manes said.
"A lot of women on campus don't
talk about their abortion experi-
ences."
The eventbegan with a mono-
logue from guest speaker Katie
Stack, who was featured on a
special episode of MTV's 16
and Pregnant TV show entitled
"No Easy Decision." Since then,
she has investigated anti-abor-
tion organizations nationwide
through The Crisis Project and
advocated for reproductive free-
dom on numerous college cam-
See CHOICE, Page SA

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Sta
stU

rossFit program involved about 100 cadets from
across the program's branches,
ims to prepare including a few from Eastern
Michigan University.
dents for combat The training session was led
by Army Capt. Derick Carver, a
ByANASTASSIOS U.S. Army veteran and amputee
ADAMOPOULOS who continues to lead physical
For theDaily training programs at his per-
sonal gym.
Thursday, the Univer- A CrossFit workout is a phys-
Naval ROTC , program ical challenge involving inten-
nized a special CrossFit sive stamina, weightlifting
out at Palmer Field that and cardiovascular training.

Carver, a California native and
Eastern Michigan University
alum, served in the U.S. Army
in Afghanistan from 2009 to
2010 as a platoon leader of the
82nd Airborne Division.
Carver sustained battle inju-
ries during his tour of duty and
was placed into medical retire-
ment after having his left leg
amputated. He has received
national attention from various
media outlets for overcoming
his injuries.

The intense exercises
focused on team-based activi-
ties as the cadets cooperated,
coordinated and alternated
with their teammates in drills.
Activities ranged from team
push-ups and squats to running
around Palmer Field carrying
teammates on stretchers while
others carried weights on their
backs.
"We are doing leadership
development through physical
See ROTC, Page 5A

On
sity's
orgar
work

GOVERNMENT
Ed. adviser to
Obama speaks
. at Ford School

'U' alum Michael
Rodriguez aims to
create new student
aid standards
By TYLER GRINN
For theDaily
Students in over their heads
with student loans may want to
pay attention to new ideas com-
ing from the Ford School of Pub-
lic Policy this weekend.
The Public Policy School
kicked off its two-and-a-half-day
Conference on Student Loans,
yesterday with an address by
University alum Roberto Rodri-
guez, special assistant to Presi-
dent Barack Obama for education
policy. The focus of the confer-
ence is to better understand the
effects arid structure of student
debt, as well as to spur research
on the poorly understood topic.
Before joining the administra-
tion's education team, Rodriguez
'worked on Capitol Hill as chief
education counsel to former
senator Ted Kennedy. During his
time working with legislators,
Rodriguez contributed to the

development of landmark K-12
education programs such as the
No Child Left Behind Act and
worked on reauthorizing legis-
lations like the Head Start pro-
gram.
A video of the speech was
simultaneously streamed on the
school's website and questions to
Rodriguez were collected with
#policytalks on Twitter. Audi-
ence members also submitted
questions through paper.
Rodriguez's address focused
on the creation of a new college
rating system mandated by the
Obama administration. He pro-
posed a ratingthatwould include
more reliable data for students
about the personal economic risk
and reward for individual col-
leges. It would also distribute
federal financial aid to universi-
ties in proportion to the success
of their graduates.
"Almost all the federal student
aid that flows to colleges is given
based on the number of students
who enroll in thatschool," Rodri-
guez said.
He added that more factors
need to be taken into account
for federal student-aid funding,
especiallythe success of students
See ADVISER, Page SA

LECTURE
Activist
alum gives
talk on
feminism
Nadasen blames
conservative think
tanks for welfare
struggles in U.S.
By STEPHANIE DILWORTH
DailyStaffReporter
Students and faculty gath-
ered at Lane Hall Thursday for
"Feminism and the Politics of
Welfare," a lecture sponsored
by the University's Institute for
Research on Women and Gender.
University alum Premilla
Nadasen, an associate professor
of history at Queens College and
a visiting associate professor at
Barnard College, delivered the
presentation.
Nadasen is also the award-
winning author of "Welfare
Warriors: The Welfare Rights
Movement in the United
States." Her book focuses on
the interactions between race,
gender, social policy and labor
history.
The lecture was part of a
series focusing on the institute's
theme of poverty, inequality and
See FEMINISM, PageSA

LSA junior Elisa Warner takes part in a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Bangladesh garment workers as part of
the International Week of Action on the Diag Thursday.
Students commemorate

victims of factory

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igilheld on six collapse of Rana Plaza in Ban-
gladesh and to raise awareness
)nth anniversary about lack of workplace safety
in garment factories world-
weatshop tragedy wide.
Students stood in a circle in
By AMIA DAVIS front of the Hatcher Graduate
For the Daily Library in a moment of silence
as they remembered the 1,132
idents stood shivering on workers who lost their lives
Diag Thursday evening, in the Rana Plaza collapse.
es in hand. The collapsed garment factory
e gathering was held to housed manufacturing opera-
nemorate the six-month tions for companies such as
ersary of the April 2013 Walmart and Joe Fresh.

collapse
In response to the collapse,
workers are demanding that
companies take measures to
ensure safe workplace con-
ditions. One example is the
Accord on Fire and Build-
ing Safety in Bangladesh, an
agreement that promises bet-
ter working conditions in gar-
ment factories. It has already
been signed by more than
SO international brands and
retailers.
The campus chapter of
See FACTORY, Page SA

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